Master bath redo: Phase 1 done

Hello friends! Today I wanted to show you the progress on the master bathroom renovation project.

This is what our bathroom looked like when we purchased our home in 2010:

Since then, we painted it a silvery-blue color (Sherwin Williams Samovar Silver), which was OK, but I was never in love with it.

Recently, I decided to upgrade the space again, this time giving the bathroom a bit of a lake theme. Here was the mood board I created as a foundation for the look I wanted to create:

Here’s what the space looks like now:

The new color on the walls is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. This is a color I’ve used at the left-behind ranch, in my laundry room, and in our church fellowship hall. It’s a wonderful neutral greige (gray+beige) color that works well in rooms with daylight light bulbs or natural light filtering into the space.

The rug is from The LAKE sign on the wall was DIYed by me! I’ll show you how easy this was to make in my next blog post. 🙂

I ordered this lake print of Schroon Lake, N.Y., at Fine Art America. This is the place where my husband and I met! The frame for it came off the shelf (50 percent off) at Hobby Lobby.

The shower curtain is from HomeGoods. 

All the other accessories are items I already had on hand.

What do you think of Phase 1 of my bathroom redo? Phase 2 is replacing the flooring. The final phase involves changing out the counter top.

Easy, free DIY wall art

I’m still neck-deep in Phase I of the master bathroom makeover, but I did take a little molding break yesterday to create some easy, free DIY art for the space.

I’m extra tickled about this particular project because it cost me $0!

I started with these cheap-o 8×10″ frames I found in my basement.


I primed them white (the only primer I have left on hand at my house), then spray-painted them with Krylon indoor satin metallic paint (nickel finish). This can of paint also happened to be found in my basement. (Who knew my basement held such a treasure trove of DIY goodies?) 

Krylon-paintPainting tip: Immediately after painting an object that is lying on a drop cloth, I always try to gently pick it up from the bottom and shift it. This keeps the piece from sticking to the cloth after it dries and creating nasty little nubbies on the edges when you peel it off the cloth. (Yes, “nasty nubbies” is the technical term. ;))


I filled the newly spray-painted frames with matting that, yep, I found in my basement and free “instant art” I printed out on glossy paper.

Matting tip: When I don’t have real cardboard mats on hand, I have been known to paint the frame’s cardboard backing piece white and slap the art in the middle over it. I call this “poor man’s matting.”


I got the art for this project from Karen, aka The Graphics Fairy. I met Karen at Haven this year. You MUST check out her site. She’s got free art galore! I chose two beautiful (and totally free) seashells prints. The colors were perfect for my bathroom.

Here’s my easy, free DIY art displayed in the bathroom:

DIY-wall-art-in-roomDIY-wall-art-closeupDIY-wall-art-in-room-2Spoiler alert: Next week you’re gonna have to stick a fork in me because I will be done with Phase 1 of the master bathroom makeover. And, more importantly, I’ll be sharing some molding tips (plus what not to do – ask me how I know) and the pièce de résistance of the room. You won’t want to miss it!

I’m linking this up to Fluster BusterObsessive and Creative and Fireflies and Jellybeans.